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Kimberly Dark brings more than twenty years of teaching and facilitation skill to these themes.
Workshops can be tailored to your needs;
here are some popular offerings that are generally offered in 3-7 hour (half-day/full-day) format:
Minding the Artist's Business
Theatre Departments, Performance Studies Departments and community venues all benefit from this workshop and discussion that illuminates the specifics of marketing performance work. The world needs more art and the mystery surrounding celebrity and making a living as an artist are not helpful! Kimberly uses a variety of websites and print materials to discuss arts marketing and touring and how performance artists in different disciplines fund their work.
Courage in Creative Writing: Exploring the First Person Narrative
Writing in the first person (using “I”) can feel very vulnerable and self-revealing. This type of writing is sometimes called autobiography, memoir or autoethnography. This workshop explores the power of first person story-telling and participants will practice writing in the first person. Participants will learn the nuances of telling enough of the story – and knowing when to stop! Kimberly will also help participants understand how to use personal stories to write about broader themes. As she often says “Every story is about me, but I am not the subject.” Participants will leave the workshop with greater courage and skill at storytelling in the first person and will have started a few different stories for completion at home.
Observation and Perception: Tools for Creation
We all have the ability to observe and perceive – and then we create based on those observations and perceptions. This workshop will benefit anyone with a creative practice – whether it’s writing, dancing, painting, or just being present in your community. The workshop will also prompt a more conscious experience of social life. You will practice techniques that help build community, assist in personal and community refocusing and remind us just how powerfully we are creating the world, even as it creates us.
Writing for Performance/Performance Poetry
During this course, individuals will learn about various forms of writing for performance, including the popular genre of slam poetry. Participants will write AND perform during the workshop; the focus is on writing for listeners, rather than readers. Throughout the day, participants will do “writing practice” on various themes that will yield material for a final brief performance in the afternoon. Participants will learn about the elements of performance story-telling (primarily rhythm, movement, repetition and story-progression). Through fun activities and a supportive setting, even those who have never read their writing aloud will have a positive experience. (Maximum: 20 participants)
Games for Social Creators
Any time a topic feels like a chore, or individuals fear having difficult feelings – there’s an opportunity for innovation. Most times, we just don’t know how to transform work into play, fear into opportunity. In this workshop, Kimberly facilitates games and discusses how we think about groups, innovation and creating positive, inclusive culture. Depending on the number of participants in the group, games can draw from theatres, writing, organizational and community development, etc. The focus is on meaningful fun – and on preparing participants to take these games and strategies into their own social settings. Reconnecting with the voice, language and the body helps participants rediscover the pleasure of working together. Laughter and connection stimulate our brilliance. Everyone feels comfortable participating. (This is not a team-building nightmare!)